Arcane Reel Chaos has a puzzling theme. It is part X-Men influenced, though a lot more magical than that – in a steampunk way. Central to the theme of this entertaining NetEnt pokie is the battle with an evil villain. The bad guy is called ‘Deep Pockets’. There is an odd assortment of characters which are battling with him. One has two heads; another can summon flames – and so on. The pokie is set within a ruined church, and tarot type cards appear on the slot reels.
There are a lot of different on-reel bonus features on Arcane Reel Chaos. Each one is linked to one of the 4 characters that are battling Deep Pockets. When you get the free spins, the battle is on – with each character getting a shot at defeating the bad guy. Here are the key things that make this medium variance pokie worthy of a movie franchise:
All the characters appear as symbols on the reels. They can also appear to the left of the reels, bringing in their unique powers to make this pokie more interesting – and potentially a lot more profitable.
Here are the different features:
Combine these extras with the regular wild symbols, and you have a base game which has plenty of variety.
Deep Pockets is the bond-style bad guy. When you get 3 orbs on reels 1, 3 and 5, you’ll get to do battle with him. This free spins game goes on until Deep Pockets is defeated, or all of the characters that do battle with him are defeated.
You’ll start with 2 cards either side of the reels. After each spin, one or the other card will ‘attack’, by shooting out points of light / fire. The hits can be followed by tally marks being removed from a box above each character. Deep Pockets often prevails, and the card showing a character disappears – only to be replaced with a new card.
This bonus has an odd feel, though it can last a long time. Your big win potential is increased, as the filler (playing card) symbols are removed for the duration of the bonus.
Despite the complexity of the bonus features, the setup is simple. NetEnt use a 5×3 grid, with their usual 20 win-lines. Multipliers and bigger coin sizes mean that huge bets are possible – the minimum is just 20c a spin.
The character symbols, headed by the evil Deep Pockets, are the highest paying. Playing card symbols make up the smaller wins.
While I’m not sure you’d refer to these characters as part of the Arcane Reel Chaos ‘universe’, there are some entertaining ideas involved in this pokie. Having people with special powers randomly appear not only makes the game-play interesting, it makes for a lively design. I felt that the free spins battle was a little ‘cheesy’. Having said that the big win potential here does keep you interested.
Hats off to NetEnt for coming up with an original pokie idea for Arcane Reel Chaos. They have created a lively game, where the random bonuses keep you guessing as to what will happen next. When the main (free spins) bonus kicks in the battle might seem a little contrived. What is impossible to miss is the potential for mega-wins. With all the filler symbols removed from the reels, your chances of hitting a higher line hit go up dramatically.